November 28, 2019
The first thing I thought of when I saw today's comic
Original: How To Deliver Christmas Presents (2234), Christmas Settings (1620)
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How to Deliver Christmas Presents in a future without chimneys
The traditional way to get Christmas presents into a house is to have a large reindeer-herding man slither down the chimney with them. Unfortunately, chimneys are becoming less common in the United States.
Disappearing chimneys: Percentage of new homes with fireplaces. Source: Census Bureau Survey of Construction
A line graph. The x axis goes from 1990 to 2018, and the y axis goes from a bit under 40% to 80%. There are lines labeled "west", "midwest", "northeast", "south", and "overall"; all of these lines go up and down a lot, but all except "northeast" have a general downward trend. The "overall" line starts at 65% and goes down to around 45%.
The dark-haired person approaches some kind of control panel.
But that's OK; there are other ways to get a gift into a house. Here are a few options!
A dial labeled "Santa enters house through…". The options are "chimney", "open window", "kitchen faucet", "cat flap", "toilet", "shower drain", "mail slot", "heating vents", "bathroom mirror", "pores of your skin". It's currently pointing towards "chimney".
The dark-haired person trips. A person with a ponytail looks back at her.
The dark-haired person appears to have fallen onto the control panel, changing the dial.
What was the Santa dial set to before?
I'll just guess.
Title text: *looks back at the graph to try to figure out what the dial should be set to* "Disappearing Kitchen Faucets: Percentage of new homes with kitchens"